NY’s Met recreates taste of Versailles
A new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York seeks to recreate some of the grandeur of the Versailles royal palace in France.
At first, the idea was to create a book based on the accounts of people who visited the palace, such as diplomats and nobles.
But Danielle Kisluk-Grosheide, in charge of decorative art and sculpture at the Met, and Bertrand Rondot, chief curator at Versailles, ultimately decided to do a full-blown exhibit, which is open through July 29.
Depicting the beauty of Versailles so far away is a challenge. The Met is doing it with works from 53 sources and its own collection.
The exhibit features pieces and recreations of halls at the palace over the years, and audio for people to hear what visitors said of the palace way back in the day.
“There was a tradition in France, before Louis XIV already, that French subjects should have access to their king,” said Kisluk-Grosheide.
“But then having spent all this effort on creating this magnificent palace and these enormous gardens, they wanted to share this. Because this was all to the greater glory of France and Louis XIV. So it was a very politically calculated idea,” she added.